Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hello My Name Is Sophie ... And this is my 1000th Blog Post

My New Guild Name BadgeHello, my name is Sophie and this is my 1000th blogpost at Sophie Junction.

For an occasional blogger like me, it feels pretty impressive. Considering I started blogging here in October, 2005, it's probably less impressive, but still shows some sort of perseverance, I suppose, and is worth mentioning and, maybe even, celebrating a little.

Of course, since 2005, I've blogged in other places–some old and new blogs on Blogspot, some group blogs, and on the BlockLotto.com and so I know the real number of posts by me in blogland  could easily be double that number ...

Yesterday, I made the name badge above for guild meetings, it measures 2 3/4 by 3 1/2 inches–close to the size of the stick on labels on which it was based. Although I purposely placed the letters in HELLO askew to make it clear that it was made from fabric and thread, at least one person was surprised when I said something about adding that binding.

Sunday night, I finished stitching down the piped binding on the 6 by 8 inch Sophie Junction stitchery.

Sophie Junction Cross Roads

It has replaced the old street sign at the top of this blog ... though I have some ideas about tweaking the design a little more.  After 1000 blog posts, the design probably deserves a little attention.

Detail - Piped BindingWhile I haven't given up working on my technique with that faux-piped binding technique, this little piece has REAL piping ... which is still much more in my comfort zone.

You can also get a close look at some of the free-motion quilting here.  My intent was to create quilty texture, though if you look close you can see that I was thinking about the pine covered mountains, low clouds, scruffy grasses and occasional flowers that I can see from my studio.


Small ToteA giveaway seems to  be in order.  Since something shiny and new is not in my budget these days, I thought I might offer a collection of fabrics from my stash in a color-way of your choosing in a quilted tote with along with a little something made by me for you.

I was thinking of a plain, functional tote like this one, though this will be made for you and so I'll want your input.

I's also like to include a little something, a pin a pincushion,  a sewing kit, a small pillow cover, a mug rug, a little doll-sized quilt, or even a skinkin' name badge of your very own ...  or some other small thing that I've made or that you'd like me to make for you that you'd like to have.

Here are some of those little things I've made for myself and others that might give you some ideas about what you'd like to find in your tote if you won.




To enter, leave a comment telling me what color fabrics you'd like from my stash and what little made-by-me surprise would put a smile on your face and would be useful to you.  I'll pick a winner when I wake up next Monday (5/26) morning.

I considered joining the massive SMS giveaway train last week, but decided that this giveaway is a thank you to those that already follow along with my mis-adventures in quilting and life, not a carrot to attract new followers.  Perhaps I have lasted through those seven and a half years and 1000 blog posts because I do this for fun, not personal or commercial gain ... and I do believe that if you're not having fun, you're not doing it right. (I even have that quote engraved on the back of my iPad.)

34 comments:

Jeanne in Ohio said...

I enjoy your blog and I'm always impressed with your creativity, both on your own projects and with Block Lotto. Thanks for both. My favorite color is teal, so that's what I'd love.

Moira said...

Love all that you've managed to accomplish lately - the tote you show is beautiful! Teal is one of my fav's (along with most any of the jewel tone colors...lol). Any little goodie would be wonderful.

May you enjoy many more years of blogging.

Dasha said...

Hello Sophie. Pretty impressive - the 1000th blog post! Thanks for offering a give away. Since we were playing with purple last month at the RSC it has become my favourite colour. LOL. Teemed with yellow is bliss. And if I were to win, I'd love a name tag. I have made one for a swap gift, but not for myself. Somehow I never seem to remember to make things just for me. Hope your blog last for a long, long time yet.

giddy99 said...

Amazing photos! Congrats on your 1000th post. I'm enthralled with your handmade "Hello, my Name is" nametag! That is the BEST, ever! My favorite color is PROYGBIV (because I love them all, and pink is a color, too)!

QuiltSwissy said...

That name tag is totally awesome! I would beg you to send me that one! Well, not yours, LOL.

White.........

Congratulations on your 1000th post and may you have many more thousands. I so enjoy your posts!

glen

floribunda said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment! I can barely think about posting these days... My favorite color changes day-to-day, but since I'm wearing purple today I'll choose that one!

Bridget said...

My favorite colorway would be anything oceanic. As for a little something that you made? I'd love anything with your made fabric! Congratulations on your 1000th post!

Christa said...

You are so sweet to want to give gifts. I can't imagine you have fabric not nice. All the color choices you make are perfect. And all the little things you make bring smiles. I must agree though that the name tag is upsolutely tops.
Congratulations on the 1000 !!! I think your give-away is lovely but your real gifts are those 1000 blogs. I think one day I will start on your very first one and just keep reading. So many good ideas and things I am learning from. THANK YOU!

Emily Breclaw said...

Wow, congrats on 1,000 posts!! I think perhaps all us regulars should send YOU a little handmady something for that kind of accomplishment!! (But if I won, I love blues and pinwheels :-) And the name badge is darling!!

Hi! I'm Lisa said...

Still miss you here in the mitten state. I think of what great inspiration you'd be sharing if you were here. Have to be content with your blog instead. Black and white for me. I think you started something with your name badge.

Debbie said...

Congratulations, Sophie on reaching 1000 posts! That IS an accomplishment. I love the new header. And, the name tag is very clever. You are just soooo creative! You already know my favorite color combo, LOL. But, for a single favorite color, I go with orange. I would cherish anything you'd choose to gift me with, so let it be a surprise.

Barbara said...

Congratulations! Love your name badge.

Béa said...

Bravo Sophie ! I like almost all colours but pink and fall colours are my favorites. Your new banner and name badge are very successfull. XXX

Jo said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post. I enjoy following what you do.
I like neutral colours at the moment....
As for a gift it would be nice to get a surprise.

Catskill Quilter said...

Congrats on your 1000 posts! Amazing! I like bright colors,and would be thrilled with a lovely pincushion! My daughter made me one that I cherish, but I could easily keep two pincushions busy!

Ann said...

Congratulations on your 1000 blog post. I am reading your posts daily and I'm reading from the beginning as I have time. I love your feathers and leaf blocks. I think your bag/tote is lovely.I could really use a mug rug, pot holder or something to place under a hot dish and enjoy all the colors.

Gill said...

Congratulations and thank you for a great giveaway!
I love greens and I would love a name tag if I was lucky enough to win!!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on the big blogging landmark! Thanks for staying with it so long. If you pick me, I'd love a hello nametag, and fabrics from the cool side of the colourwheel. thanks for the chance.

Hilda said...

Wow, I think we started blogging about the same time...I have less than 400 posts to date! What a lovely giveaway idea...I'll do the same, maybe I better do it at 500 though which seems closer! I love blues, greens, should I be lucky enough to win!

Bonnie58 said...

Wow, amazing feat. 1000 posts. Very impressive. Thank-you so much for sharing your journey with us all. I love surprises, so anything would be wonderful - but if you need direction - brights or batiks are a favourite and pincushions are ALWAYS handy. Thanks so much for sharing.

A Nudge said...

Congrats on your 1000th post. As a blogger, I know how much time and input that represents. You are so creative that it is a pleasure to be able to go back in the archives and read earlier posts. I only found you last year. I like reds and green and would love to win a mug rug.

Sheila said...

Congratulations on reaching 1000 blog posts , that represents a lot of creativity . If I were lucky enough to win , I would be happy with whatever you choose , your work is lovely .

barbara woods said...

love red and know any thing you made would be great, thanks

Terri said...

I love red, too... but you knew that. And there are so many things you have made that make me smile. I'd love to have one of your hearts. (Really just being able to follow along with you for this while has been great. Love your blogs.)
Hugs

vicki said...

Congrats on 100 blogs! Thanks for the giveaway. I like purple and teal right now. A pin cushion or mug rug would be nice. Thank you again. vickise at gmail dot com

roccagal said...

Sophie, congrats on your 1000th post!
You blog is wonderful, I enjoy visiting as you know!
I really luv the name badge-just darling! the sign mini quilt is perfect too,right down to the quilting!
I luv luv luv the colors of you feather bed quilt!
Keep up the good work on this fab blog!

Pat/SWquilter said...

Autumn colors are my very favorite - and I'd love anything you made that had one of your little feathers on it. They are the best! Congrats on your 1000th post on the blog. I'm far more occasional than you when it comes to blogging!

joe tulips said...

Your name tag is adorable!!! So is the new sophie junction! Prints tend to paralyze me, I love the quote on your ipad! I need to write that down!

jean said...

Sophie,

Congratulations - 1000 posts is a lot of great sharing, which to me is your specialty! I'd be delighted with a bright assortment of fabric and a flower pillow like yours would be spectacular. Thanks for all of your sharing!
jean

Kathryn said...

Congratulations for your prodigious blog output!! I've enjoyed getting to know you and your quilts since your hosting of the Block Lotto on about.com and now at it's own site. You have such creative energy that keeps us inspired each month. I hope you are on your way to 1000 more posts in the upcoming year.

I don't seem to have many black and white prints in my stash, so those would be welcome. I've loved your work with feather designs and would love an example.

Best wishes and continuing friendship, Kathie L in Allentown

Katie said...

Congrats on quad digits -- it is indeed impressive. I love bright pinks but my stash is currently lacking in reds. I love the feathers that you make.

I look forward to seeing what the next 1000 posts bring.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Tenacity and persistence should be a compliment. I would love some bright summer colors with blue and pinks. And a little fabric basket to use as a thread catcher would be much appreciated. I love stopping by to visit you and to follow along for another 10000

Cathy said...

Congrats on 1000 posts. Cute name tag. I like surprises.

I love your blog, usually don't miss a post, but I hate to say that I rarely comment.

rag55 said...

Wow!!!! 1000 ++ blog posts!! Congrats! Love all your ideas!! Love the name tag !! I will be making one of those! !! Everything I like seems to revolve around bright colors and/or blue!!! Will enjoy the ride thru the next 1000!!!!!

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